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Stuart's Finest Hour

Stuart's Finest Hour:
The Ride Around McClellan,
June 1862
by John J. Fox III
2013, Angle Valley Press

The Confederate Alamo

The Confederate Alamo:
Bloodbath at Petersburg’s
Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865
by John J. Fox III
2010, Angle Valley Press

Red Clay to Richmond

Red Clay to Richmond:
Trail of the 35th Georgia
Infantry Regiment, CSA
by John J. Fox III
2004, Angle Valley Press

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Welcome

Welcome to the website of John J. Fox, former Army officer, pilot and lifelong student of the War Between the States. This website contains information about my writing and books. Thank you for visiting here and thank you for your interest in the history of this great country, the United States of America. I also want to thank all the great teachers [especially English & History] I had through the years who either beat sentence structure into my head or made the past come alive.

 

EXCITING NEWS 5/8/2014 -  Stuart's Finest Hour receives 2014 IPPY Award [Independent Publisher] Bronze Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction in Mid-Atlantic.This is my second IPPY as The Confederate Alamo won a Silver in 2011! Thank you to all my readers and to the Independent Publishers selection committee for this honor.

 

Stuart's Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan, June 1862

RELEASED on 9/17/2013. ORDER a 1st Edition Author-signed copy at  www.AngleValleyPress.com

2014 IPPY Award [Independent Publisher] Bronze Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction in Mid-Atlantic.

 

 

See What Other Historians are Saying About Stuart's Finest Hour

“John Fox’s narrative tracks the hoofprints of the Confederate cavalry through the swamps and thickets around Richmond, and around the enemy host, in miniscule detail – crossroad by crossroad, across each ford, to every nightly bivouac and along the detours made by each detachment. That makes this book the first thorough monograph on its topic.” “Dozens of photographs add appreciable value. Modern views enable readers to establish context, and will delight interested historians decades hence.” “Fox’s [dust] jacket deserves mention as a striking bit of art.” Robert K. Krick, America’s Civil War, March 2014

“Utilizing previously unseen primary sources, he has created a deeply researched and smooth-reading narrative that has the sounds of bugles, saber strikes, and thundering hoofs resonating from its pages.” Paul Taylor, Civil War News, January 2014

"Using a wealth of primary sources, some previously unpublished, Fox gives the reader an excellent in-the-saddle account of the rideand its aftermath."  "Emblematic of some of the excellent books coming out of small presses these days, and well worth a place on your bookshelf." Fred Ray, author of Shock Troops of the Confederacy as reviewed on TOCWOC - A Civil War Blog.

“Fox again shines as a skilled narrator who is adept at weaving facts gleaned from broadly accessible primary and secondary sources with more obscure eyewitness reports, letters, telegrams, and such.” C.L. Bragg, author of Crescent Moon over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty and Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, CSA

"All aspects of the planning and execution of the raid, as well as the Union response, are meticulously detailed in the text.” Stuart's Finest Hour is highly recommended reading for students of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, the command exploits of JEB Stuart, and Civil War cavalry operations in general.” Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors Blog, http://cwba.blogspot.com/2013/11/fox-stuarts-finest-hour-ride-around.html

 

Stuart's Finest Hour description  -

Many people are aware that J. E. B. Stuart was a famous cavalry general who rode for the Confederacy. Yet, how did this twenty-nine-year-old former U. S. Army lieutenant become the 1860’s version of a media sensation? What did he do to become a household name throughout the land? At the beginning of June 1862, George McClellan’s huge Union army stood poised to decimate the Confederate capital of Richmond. The city faced chaos as thousands of civilians fled. Confederate army commander Robert E. Lee wanted to launch his own attack but he needed to know what stood on McClellan’s right flank. John Fox’s upcoming book, Stuart’s Finest Hour, places the reader in the dusty saddle with Stuart’s men as they recon Hanover and New Kent counties. Using eyewitness accounts, this first ever book written about the raid follows Stuart’s 110 mile route, deep behind enemy lines, all the while chased by Union troopers commanded by Stuart’s father-in-law, Philip St. George Cooke.

 

Books In Print:

The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg’s Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865

by John J. Fox III  2010, Angle Valley Press

2011 IPPY Award Silver Medal -   Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Non-Fiction      
Independent Publisher Book Awards

"Accumulating every available source on a Civil War engagement, and parlaying that evidence into a tactical narrative, always impresses me when it is well done. The dramatic, desperate defense of Fort Gregg makes for a riveting story." Robert K. Krick, The Civil War Monitor magazine, Winter 2011.

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Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA
by John J. Fox III  2004, Angle Valley Press

2006 Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board Book Award given by     
Georgia Secretary of State for Red Clay to Richmond.
2005 James I. Robertson Jr., Literary Prize for Confederate History

 

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A History of Opequon Presbyterian Church: “Mother Church of the Valley”

by C. Langdon Gordon, Arthur L. Stanley, John J. Fox III 2009,
Opequon Presbyterian Church History Committee

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http://opequonchurch.tripod.com/id4.html

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